Lawyer: Deerfield pig farmer out of commercial market

DEERFIELD — The Stillwater pig farmer is no longer raising pigs for commercial sale and consumption, the farmer’s lawyer said.

On Wednesday, R. Dave DeHerdt of Ashfield represented Stanley Romanowski of 97 Stillwater Road before the Board of Selectmen, which aslo functions as the Board of Health, for the annual review of the piggery’s site assignment.

According to DeHerdt, the pig farmer is no longer producing pigs for the commercial market, but is only using the swine for his personal consumption. Romanowski has five pigs.

Under the town’s Right to Farm bylaw, DeHerdt believes Romanowski would not need a site assignment if he’s raising pigs only for himself. The town sets rules, or a site assignment, for Romanowski to follow to keep running the farm.

The hearing has been continued until July 24 to give DeHerdt time to speak with the pig farmer. The Board of Selectmen also want Romanowski to write a letter to the town confirming that he only has five animals under his care.

The selectmen will determine whether the pig farmer does need a permit.

The meeting follows a June 14 inspection, in which Health agent Richard Calisewski found the food and water were adequate, the fencing remained in place, and all animals were secured in pens.

The pig farmer has a long history of tussling with neighbors over nuisance complaints.

Romanowski and neighbors at the Meadows of Deerfield condominiums argued over many issues from the way pigs are fed to the cleanliness of Romanowski’s property to the traffic hazard loose pigs may pose.

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